Central Academy Math Team Wins National Championship

Students from Central Academy have won first place in the “Math Madness” AMC/Interstellar High School Mathematics National Championship, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America.

Central’s championship match was conducted live online on Monday against Glenbrook North (IL). Central narrowly came out on top with a score of 5.45 to 5.35. Central’s victory was in Division IV of the tournament, which determined scores by averaging the top 20 students on a 10-question, 30-minute math test.

The tournament featured 64 teams from around the country in head-to-head tournament matches in the style of the NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament. The brackets, results and more information about the contest is available at http://www.in-ter-stel-lar.com/math_madness/brackets/sixth.

This marked the initial full season of the “Math Madness” contest, which was created with the goal shining some of the competitive spotlight on academics. During this past season, nearly 10,000 students representing 500 schools across the nation took part. Each team participated in a five-week regular season followed by a 64-team bracket playoff to determine champions in four divisions.

Central’s regular season record was 4-1:

  • W – Marjory Stoneman Douglas (FL)
  • W – Academic Magnet HS (SC)
  • L – Harvard-Westlake (CA)
  • W – Rock Bridge (MO)
  • W – Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (VA)

Central’s tournament victories by round were:

  • Round 1 – Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet (CA)
  • Round 2 – The College Preparatory School (CA)
  • Round 3 – Indiana Area SHS (PA)
  • Quarterfinal Round – Cupertino (CA)
  • Semifinal Round – Ronald W. Reagan Doral (FL)
  • Championship Round – Glenbrook North (IL)

The Central Academy team is coached by teacher Mike Marcketti and is comprised of: Edel Aron, Granger Carty, Jack Chasse, Ankita Chatterjee, Akanksha Chilukuri, Harry Crane, A.J. Fleming, Natalie Galluzzo, Sydney Gates, Helena Gruensteidl, Sophie Hetherinton, Patrick Hiatt, Evan Hilton, Vaughn Hommerding, Shirah Jacobs, Shivani Kumaresan, Zach Lin, Theresa Manivanh, Payton McBurney, Ana Miller, Gabe Mintzer, Terry Nguyen, Peter Oswald, Chris Palmer, Finn Pilcher, Max Pilcher, Nathan Rider, Rachel Schneider, Oliver Shimp, Andrew Shumway, Kristina Smith, Vaibhav Srikaran, Ryan Utke, Matthew Voss, Jack Wahlig, Justin Weeks, and Noah Werling.